PETALING JAYA: National woman bowler Lai Kin Ngoh will use the invitational team championship in the Dominican Republic to decide whether to go on playing or quit the game.
The 28-year-old Kin Ngoh, one of the top women bowlers in the country, is at the crossroad of her bowling career.
Two weeks ago, a nagging knee injury forced her out of the Singapore Open. Earlier in February, she had a knee operation to help revive her career.
Now, she will use the invitational mee to decide her future.
I underwent knee surgery in February and made a strong comeback in the national roll-off last month. Everything looked good. Then, my knee became swollen. I had to go to the NSI (National Sports Institute) for treatment, said Kin Ngoh.
She finished as the leader after the two-day roll-off among the national trainees last month to win a berth to represent Malaysia in the Singapore Open. But after five days, she had to pull out when the pain in her knee became unbearable.
It is frustrating to go in and out of rehabilitation. I do not want to be a mere passenger in the national team. If I am in the team, I want to bowl well. There is no point in continuing to bowl when my knee cannot take it anymore.
But I do not know how bad it is. The outing in the Dominican Republic will be a perfect platform to gauge myself. If I can bowl well, I will stay on. But if I cant even take the pressure in an invitational tournament, then I might as well stop bowling, she said.
The invitational team event is her first tournament since Januarys Asian Grand Slam Finals in Singapore. Prior to that, she had not competed in any tournament since aggravating the knee injury during the World Championships in September.
It will be a great loss to Malaysian bowling if Kin Ngoh ends her bowling career. She has been pivotal in the Malaysian womens success in team events at the SEA Games, Asian Championships, World Championships and World Team Cup.
Besides Kin Ngoh, all the members of Malaysias mens and womens winning teams during the World Tenpin Team Cup in Odense, Denmark in 2003, have been invited.
The men are Daniel Lim, Azidi Ameran, Alex Liew, Zulmazran Zulkifli, Jonathan Lim and Ben Heng. The women are Shalin Zulkifli, Sarah Yap, Wendy Chai, Choy Poh Lai and Zatil Iman.
Zatil of Selangor replaces the sixth member of the womens winning team Sharon Chai, who has been dropped from the national squad.
After the invitational meet, Malaysia will prepare for the Indonesian Open from Sept 29-Oct 8. The fifth leg of the Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour will be held after the Indonesian Open.